REVIEW: The Ergs!: Thrash Compactor

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The Ergs are back, well not really. This is yet another post-breakup release from the band, this one actually recorded about seven years ago but it’s never seen the light of day until the great dudes at Firestarter Records and Grave Mistake Records finally put out this record for us. If you’re an Ergs super fan chances are you’ve heard these songs before, but if not you might be in for a surprise. If you’re thinking the sugar-coated pop-punk songs about girls you’re about to get a wake up. We’ve got five faster than light speed thrash songs here, some say it’s some of the best stuff the band has ever done. Ergs fans, hardcore/thrash fans, make sure you get a copy of this one, if for nothing else you need to own “Throttle Boy”…and everything else.
1. Johnny Rzeznick Needs His Ass Kicked
2. Sneak Attack
3. Society Hill
4. Throttle Boy
5. I Shot The Devil’s Son

Get it from Deranged Records HERE

Get it from Deranged Records HERE

Get Thrash Compactor from Amazon HERE

The Ergs – “Thrash Compactor” 7″

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The Ergs – “Thrash Compactor” 7″

The band may be long gone, but thankfully there are still a few recordings yet to be released. This one-sided 7″ is loaded with five short, fast, hc/punk rippers. If Adrenaline OD, old Descendents, or the Angry Samoans get your fist pumpin’, then this is for you. 200 on red vinyl with red covers and red inserts while they last. Don’t miss out!

via Firestarter Records.

Top 15 EP’s of 2009

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A Top 15 list because it’s better than a Top 10. But there was so much good music that came out this year I had to split it up. This list includes, EP’s, Singles, splits and 7″s – Albums will be a separate list.

1. Hard-Ons With Neil Hamburger: American Exports
2. The Steinways: Art of the Underground Single Series Volume 27
3. Psyched To Die: Sterile Walls
4. Drag The River: Can’t Leave These Strays
5. John K. Samson: City Route 85
6. The Copyrights/The Dopamines: Songs About Fucking Up
7. Transgressions: Waste My Time
8. The Ergs!/The Measure[sa]
9. The Dazes/The Wimpy’s: Greetings from Japan!
10. Barrakuda McMurder: Slow Crawl
11. Spork Kills: Beaches Love Us
12. Drag The River: Under The Influence Vol. 5
13. Sandworms: …it’s a fucking demo
14. The Measure [sa]: Art of the Underground Single Series 37
15. The Apers: Art of the Underground Single Series Volume 28

NEWS: PSYCHED TO DIE – R.I.P…..not quite

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From a member of the band::

A few people have been asking me whats going on with PTD now that Mike’s moved to Minneapolis. Basically, we don’t really know, but nothing for at least a while. J is busy with Black Wine (who if you havent heard you should), I am busy with wrapping up writing and recording on FOUR new records (between Night Birds and Full of Fancy, 2 a piece), Frumps got school and his photography, and i know Mike has some new projects going on in the Midwest. I’m sure we’ll play again, just not sure when. That’s about all I got, but thanks to everyone in 2009 who booked us a show, put out a record, lent us equipment, bought a record, put on a fest, all the cool people we met on the cali tour, all the cool people we met on the midwest tour, and DEEP SLEEP for doing the 2 tours with us. We crammed alot into 09. Thanks also to Jeff Schroeck who filled in for Jays b day which mike couldnt make. If you want a copy of the music we recorded in 09 go to www.dirtnaprecs.com and get Year One, that has it all. thanks.

REVIEW: The Ergs/The Measure [SA]

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No Idea Records continues to support the posthumous Ergs releases with The Ergs split with The Measure [SA]. Both bands include Mikey Erg so it’s a win-win for him but they got sneaky on us with this one. First thing you might notice is the weird track listing below that’s because the two different pressings of this record are actually two different records, so that means we get four Ergs songs and four Measure songs, but you have to buy both records.
I’ll start with the Ergs songs here, a few are quite suprising and not really Ergs like. ‘Workage’ starts out with some gospel ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhh’s and a sweet ass piano intro. This is not even close to your normal Ergs song, but I’m still into it and I have a feeling it’ll grow on me the more I listen to it. Next up is ‘Encyclopedia..’ this one’s a little more what you’d expect from the band, a slower paced song that I have a feeling would sound awesome acoustically but pretty good as is. ‘Dullards..’ is exactly what you’d expect from the Ergs. Fast, catchy and just under two minutes. This song may be the Ergs classic off of the record. ‘I’ll Thrash You When You Think of Me’ I really like being included on here. Anyone who’s heard the “Acoustic LP” will probably recognize the song, glad to see it get a real release. This is a very different, much faster version than the one that’s done acoustically.
Now onto the Measure [SA] side, as surprised as I am to say this, I think the Measure won this split. Their ‘Workage’ is the best song on these records, it’s fucking awesome, thats all there is to it. The Measure’s version of ‘Dullards…’ is almost as good as the Ergs’ one, this song seems to be good no matter who does it. ‘Don’t Fuck This Up’ is another quality jam by the Measure, this might be their catchyest song out of the four of theirs, a little faster than their normal stuff. But ‘Get it Together’ is another fast catchy jam by the Measure, this one only clocking in at forty-one seconds, but it’s forty-one seconds of great.
Basically what I’m saying here is go buy both of these.

(thanks to No Idea’s site for the changing gif cover art)

The Ergs: Workage
The Ergs: Encyclopedia Self-Destructica
The Ergs: Dullards and Dreadful Prose
The Ergs: I’ll Thrash You When You Think of Me
The Measure [SA]: Workage
The Measure [SA]: Dullards and Dreadful Prose
The Measure [SA]: Don’t Fuck This Up
The Measure [SA]: Get it Together

Get it from No Idea Records HERE

REVIEW: House Boat: The Delaware Octopus

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Grath and Ace from The Steinways, Zack from Off With Their Heads and Dear Landlord and Mikey Erg from the 800 bands Mikey Erg is in join forces to form the newest pop punk super group, House Boat. As you might imagine these guys are great, still primarily Grath’s group it seems so this is some what The Steinways 2.0 but it’s more than that at the same time. As you may also guess from the list of players involved the debut album “The Delaware Octopus” was super hyped by everyone. I am glad I can say this album lived up to the hype. This is easily one of the best releases of the year, if you like pop punk go scoop this one up. Out on It’s Alive Records, when they had the pre-orders posted on the record label’s web site fans were so eager to get it that the web site crashed for three hours. I’ve already listened to this album six times, and I’ve only had it a day.

1. I Watched The Biggest Loser Australia
2. I Work On The 13th Floor
3. Alonelylonelylone
4. Battlestar Gallactica vs. Pop Punk Message Board VI (Grivet Loves Goats)
5. My Guts Have Shit For Brains
6. My Life Hurts
7. Every Day
8. Are You Into Metal?
9. 30 Going On 13
10. All Of The Time
11. A Song For Halfpint To Suck My Balls To
12. Wait, What?
13. Dumbmarket Travesty

Get it from It’s Alive Records HERE

Get Delaware Octopus from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Barrakuda McMurder: Slow Crawl

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McMurderFrom the ashes of the Steinways come Barrakuda McMurder, with some help of some other pop punk veterans. We get four pop punk tunes in the same vein of the Steinways brought to us by It’s Alive Records. “Prelude To Some Bullshit” while being catchy may be the song with the most fuck’s I’ve ever heard. Track two is a ripoff title of a Steinways song and is almost as great. “The Royal You” starts out, and you wonder if you’ve got the record on the wrong speed or if this is a split, but the vocals are unmistakable. After about forty seconds it kicks into exactly what you’d expect it to be, fun. And finally we’ve got something of a title track, which might be the best damn song on the record. You might wanna jump at this one if you can currently we’ve only got five hundred on black, no word if more is to come or not. Oh yeah and did I mention the cover is amazing? A turtle burger?

1. Prelude To Some Bullshit
2. (I Want To) Make Out (With You (Because You Wear Sweatpants))
3. The Royal You
4. It’s A Slow Crawl To The Finish Line

Get Slow Crawl – Ep from Amazon HERE

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